2022 Programme


Reinventing for Sustainable Value

(Conference planners reserve the right to change the conference programme where necessary.)


Sunday 31July 2022 Riverside Kitchen


Meat Business Women Lunch - Masterclass: Leading through change SOLD OUT

100 Oxford Terrace

There is a cost of $75 for this lunch which is in addition to the cost of conference registration

Simon Limmer, CEO of Silver Fern Farms, along with Kate Beddoe, Chief Sustainability & Risk Officer, and Vicki McColl, Chief Financial Officer, will provide a masterclass on how to lead with courage, and leading your organisation to be a "first mover', taking your team, Board, and customers, with you on the journey.

Sunday 31July 2022


Welcome cocktails

Te Pae Christchurch Convention Centre in the level 1 foyer

Sponsored by PrimeXConnect

The Political Low down - headlined by distinguished journalists Barry Soper and Bernard Hickey

Monday1 August 2022 at Te Pae Christchurch Convention Centre



Te Pae Christchurch Convention Centre

Trade exhibition space, level 1 foyer

- open all day until 4.00pm


Welcome and Conference Opening

Te Pae Christchurch Convention Centre

Waitaki Room

Chairmen: Andrew Morrison, Beef + Lamb New Zealand and John Loughlin, Meat Industry Association.


Session 1

What does the future hold?


Keynote Address - Greg Smith, Bremworth

Hear insights into reinventing a product or brand in order to respond to consumer expectations. There are some impressive examples and stories in new Zealand of products widely consumed that have been re-branded or reinvented to respond to a consumer interest and demand for sustainable products.


Innovation for the Future - hear about the latest innovation, technology and blue sky thinking that will be the future of our sector.

Panel Moderator: Max Kennedy, PhD, FIChemE, FEngNZ (Ret), FNZIC, was the Manager of Contestable Investments at the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) for 12 years. This included managing the Endeavour Fund (New Zealand’s largest contestable research fund), the industry-led Partnership Fund, the Pre-Seed Acceleration Fund, and the Vision Matauranga Capability Fund. Max also led MBIE’s COVID Innovation Acceleration Fund to support research to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Stuart Shaw, Australian Meat Processor Corporation

Panelist Stuart is the Program Manager for Advanced Manufacturing at the Australian Meat Processor Corporation (AMPC). He joined AMPC in July 2020, bringing 18 years of experience in leading innovation through the development of meat processing automated technologies. Stuart’s overall career spans 32 years, and multiple industries, where all his work was geared towards driving innovative technologies to commercial success. So far, his career has focused on engineering, innovative practices, and business development of automated solutions — including special purpose machinery, robotic systems, and automated production for manufacturing industries.

Daniel Xu, Spark 64

Panelist: Daniel Xu is the co-founder and CEO of Spark 64, an artificial intelligence engineering consultancy. He has a PhD in engineering and is the lead inventor on a number of patents. He is passionate about startups and emerging technologies where he advises a number of organisations on future technologies. Daniel also chairs the Return on Science Investment Committee, deploying capital to commercialise university research.

Sarah Adams, Gallagher Animal Management

Panelist Sarah Adams has worked in innovation, business development and management roles within the agricultural industry for over 25 years. She has grown small start -up agricultural companies in genetics, Ultrafine Merino wool and arable foods into substantial, globally recognised businesses. Creating added value products and transitioning businesses from selling products to solutions has been key to the success. When not at work Sarah is a ‘hands on’ farmer on their hill country sheep and beef property on north side of the Raglan Harbour. This ‘grass roots’ farming experience enables her to clearly understand the problems farmers are trying to solve.



Networking opportunity in the trade and exhibition area, level 1 foyer

Sponsored by AsureQuality


Session 2

Responding to Opportunities and Challenges


Panel discussion: Challenges and opportunities. Hear expert insight into three big issues facing our sector in the short to medium term: Economics, logistics and supply chain, and labour challenges.

Panel Moderator Catherine Beard, Director, Advocacy for BusinessNZ, New Zealand’s largest business advocacy network, representing thousands of businesses of all sizes. The BusinessNZ network includes four large regional business associations, EMA, Business Central, Canterbury Employers’ Chamber of Commerce and Business South. It also includes the Major Companies Group, ExportNZ, more than 70 affiliated industry associations and Buy NZ Made. The group’s goal is New Zealand’s prosperity through successful business. Catherine works with government and other key decision makers on issues of concern to New Zealand business. Catherine has spent the last 30 years as a lobbyist and advocate for a wide range of industries on a wide range of issues, including for exporters and manufacturers, climate change issues for the energy intensive sector, the insurance sector, and the agricultural sector. Catherine has participated in Prime Minister led trade missions to Indonesia and China, led ExportNZ for 10 years and represents BusinessNZ at various international meetings. Catherine was also a co-founder of a start-up business designing and manufacturing children’s nursery furniture, for which two products won national design awards.

Todd Charteris, CEO Rabobank

Panelist Todd Charteris has headed Rabobank, NZ’s only specialist food and agri bank, since January 2018. He leads a team of more than 450 banking professionals backed by a global research team of 90 experts to serve food and agri producers through a local network of 30 offices, and retail savings and deposits services offered online. Todd served more than 15 years in regional roles in New Zealand and as National Manager of Country Banking in Australia. He brings a wide knowledge of diverse farming systems, the realities facing producers and the importance of sustainability for the sector as it responds to a changing environment. Todd grew up on a sheep and beef farm in Otago. He joined Rabobank in 2000, following his Bachelor of Commerce (Finance) studies at University of Otago and early career experience as a livestock agent, and in investment banking in London.

Todd Dawson, CEO Napier Port

Panelist Todd Dawson joined Napier Port in January 2018, bringing broad commercial experience across the transport and logistics sectors. Prior to Napier Port, Todd led strategic partnerships and new ventures at Kotahi Logistics, working on the introduction of big ships to New Zealand and intermodal freight hub joint ventures. He has over 20 years’ experience behind him, having worked on international projects including the transformation of UK supermarket Sainsbury’s supply chain. He has previously held senior roles at IBM, Toll New Zealand and Mainfreight. Todd holds a Bachelor of Science and a Postgraduate Diploma of Business in Operations Management from the University of Auckland. He is a member of the Institute of Directors in New Zealand and is Chair of Napier Port’s intermodal joint venture at Longburn and director of Total Advantage Group in Auckland.

Kirk Hope, CEO Business NZ

Panelist Kirk Hope is Chief Executive of BusinessNZ, New Zealand’s largest business advocacy body. Heading a team of 30 economists and policy specialists, Kirk’s comprehensive experience and profile earned through two decades in government-facing roles has given him privileged access to Ministers, MPs, government officials, and community groups to ensure that business interests are represented throughout the policy making process. A barrister and solicitor with a master’s degree in law, Kirk also has a post graduate honours degree in political science. His deep experience in the banking and finance sector includes leading several organisations through significant change. He was Chief Executive of the Bankers’ Association, an advocacy body representing an industry that employs more than 25,000 people in NZ, and Executive Director at the Financial Services Federation, representing 36 of the largest non-bank financiers in NZ. In a five-year career at Westpac, he held several senior management positions including Head of Government Relations, Head of Regulatory Affairs, and Area Manager with responsibility for 150 staff and sales/service excellence across the retail network in the Wellington region. Of Ngai Tahu descent, he is passionate about several things outside of work: spending time with his two daughters, surfing (since childhood), playing soccer (now Masters grade), and Dj-ing (badly). He says the best advice he has ever been given is to work hard, to not be scared of failing, and to never give up.


Panel discussion: Technology for climate response. This session will focus on technology solutions to climate change and their impact on reducing emissions. Mitigating climate change impact will be important throughout the supply chain and so this session will look at technology being developed for processors and farmers.

Panel Moderator Dr Robyn Dynes is a farming systems senior scientist with AgResearch based at Lincoln. Her science in farming systems includes emissions to air and water and the current and future challenges facing our farming systems. Robyn leads the Whitiwhiti Ora; Land Use Suitability programme in the Our Land and Water National Science Challenge (www.ourlandandwater.nz), and AgResearch contribution to Ravensdown PGP and HWEN Extension and Adoption workstream. In addition she contributes to projects across participatory research, farm systems and farm systems modelling. Robyn spent her early years in Southland on a sheep and beef farm, followed by a Canterbury mixed cropping farm, she started her science career with CSIRO in Western Australia before returning to AgResearch. Her passion is working with farmers to bring science to the questions that matter to farmers. y.

Dr Sinead Leahy, New Zealand Agricultural Greenhouse Gas Research Centre

Panelist Sinead Leahy, originally from Ireland, came to New Zealand in 2006 to work with the Rumen Microbiology team at AgResearch. The team has a focus to develop practical and effective approaches to reducing methane emissions from livestock. In 2016, Sinead moved to the NZAGRC to support the international work programme of the Centre. More recently, Sinead has been working to support the Centre’s domestic science programme and in working with rural professionals to help raise awareness of agricultural greenhouse gases on farm.

Tim Edmonds, Head of Advisory, Simply Energy

Panelist Tim Edmonds is Head of Advisory at Simply Energy – an energy solutions provider working solely with commercial and industrial businesses to help make their transition to cleaner energy more viable, effective and affordable. As Head of Advisory Tim works collaboratively with businesses to help them identify the most sustainable and accessible ‘transition path’, that comes from financial, commercial and environmental outcomes working together. Driven by a focus and expertise that spans engineering, technology, and wholesale energy, Tim offers comprehensive support to help businesses untangle challenges, avoid roadblocks, and implement practical, achievable solutions – from incremental to transformational – on the road to net-zero. Blending his experience as a Chartered Electrical Engineer with extensive energy market expertise, and hands-on experience owning and operating an electrical contracting company, Tim applies innovative thinking and technologies to uncover new engineering solutions backed by commercial structures that support decarbonisation. Tim’s broad advisory experience ranges from concept to construction and operation of industrial facilities, to grid-scale solar projects, and critical power systems across a range of industries including primary production, horticulture food processing, distribution and transport.



Networking opportunity in the trade stand exhibition area

Sponsored by Kotahi


Session 3

Redefining your brand


Mike Pretty, New Zealand Food and Grocery Council - Consumer drivers and trends in the retail sector

Providing a perspective from the wider food industry on the role of carbon calculators, country of origin labelling, what claims supermarkets are considering, and requirements for more sustainable packaging.


Dr Frank Mitloehner, University of California Davis

How to talk about methane to the public. Hear from Professor Dr Frank Mitloehner about the science of GWP, climate neutrality vs climate neutral and his work in raising awareness of these claims in the US.



Networking opportunity in the trade stand exhibition area

Sponsored by Hamburg Sud Limited


Session 4

Panel discussion: The Next Generation

Panel discussion: Is the sector doing enough to respond to climate change?


Jack Keeys, KPMG

Panel Moderator Jack Keeys coordinates KPMG’s Global Agri-food Network connecting over 50 countries across the world, while also co-authoring KPMG’s annual agribusiness agenda, weekly Fieldnotes newsletter and managing various agri-food consulting projects in the KPMG Propagate team. Jack is also the founder of two early-stage agri-food start-ups, captained the winning team at the 2022 IFAMA world business case competition in Costa Rica and is involved in various organisations including Young Farmers, FoodHQ strategic scholars and AsiaNZ foundation. Jack’s career and volunteer experience has taken him from research institutes in Edinburgh to the Amazon rainforest and Galapagos islands of Ecuador, across to Kentucky, Hangzhou, Dublin, Kuala Lumpur, Botswana and hundreds of pastoral farms across the UK and New Zealand. In his ‘spare time’ Jack organises and completes charity challenges and has raised over $50,000 completing a marathon in gumboots, a 100km barefoot hike, and an upcoming expedition to climb 14 mountains in 10 days - recently receiving national recognition and the New Zealand Community Impact Award.

Panelist: Tryphena Carter, Kellogg Rural Programme Graduate (cohort 43)

Panelist Tryphena Carter completed the Kellogg Rural Programme in 2021 (cohort 43) publishing a report titled “The benefits of carbon farming inclusion into pastoral farming”. The report focused on understanding the ongoing factors and importance that carbon farming has in New Zealand agriculture now and into the future. It also sought to understand the opportunities farmers have in making a more profitable business, including farming more sustainably through planting trees in low productive land. Tryphena was brought up on an arable farm in Canterbury and moved to Southland nine years ago for a graduate position in valuation. She studied at Lincoln University completing a BCom in Agriculture. Tryphena currently works for Rabobank

Panelist: Ryan MacArthur

Panelist Ryan MacArthur is Silver Fern Farms On-Farm Sustainability Manager, leading a team implementing market led sustainability programmes and assurance programmes with its farmer suppliers across the country. Having previously worked in sustainability roles at Synlait Milk and a corporate dairying company, Ryan saw opportunity within the red meat sector, as it faces into significant change. He holds a Masters in Agricultural Systems and Sustainability from Lincoln University and is passionate about turning regulatory pressures in to opportunity for New Zealand farmers.

David Eade, MyFarm (Nuffield Scholar)

Panelist David Eade and his young family have recently returned to New Zealand after spending the last six years building teams and products in San Francisco’s financial technology world. They now farm in Whanganui where they are focused on building ecological equity and high-quality produce. The proposition of leading the primary sector into a new world prompted David to successfully complete a Nuffield Scholarship in 2021. He is excited to be involved in an industry where the rapid rate of change is driven by consumer preferences


Conference Closure


Pre-Dinner Drinks

Level 1 foyer

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Maersk Gala Dinner

Waitaki Room

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